First of all, my John Bear, b. abt 1780 and his wife Ann Walker, b. abt 1782, would have married about the time he was 21, or 1801.
Now we have William Bear's father Michael, who came from Germany and married a Miss Walker, of Montgomery County, Maryland.They would have been the same ages, because their children were born in the early 1800's:
* William Bear, age 84 in 1900 and 90 in 1905, so born 1815, with a huge family.Brother of
* John Bear, the Buckeye Blacksmith, older brother of Mary, already deceased in 1900, so we'll assume he's an older brother to William as well and born abt 1805.
* Mary "Polly" Bear, who was 87 in 1900, so b. 1813.She was born in New Market District, Frederick Co, on the farm now owned by Rufus K. Day -- the Days and Walkers intermarried -- to Michael Bear.They all went west 80 years before 1900, or 1820.
*Since Polly had 3 brothers and 2 sisters when they went west, there are still 2 sisters and 1 brother unaccounted for, plus any who were born subsequently.
George Bear, pastor of the German Baptist Church and deceased by 1900 was a brother of Michael, Polly's father.If Michael was born in the 1780's, George probably was, too.
So how does John relate?It is possible of course that there is no relation.Or John could be a brother to Michael and George.Ann did not have a sister for Michael to marry, so I'd need to find another Walker young woman to make this fit.Or -- the most attractive possibility to go on is that the immigrant who came from Germany and married a Miss Walker was really named John Michael, and is one and the same with the progenitor of this family.Only additional data will tell!
Thanks again, and I hope someone else with more data will read this now!